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University of Ghent (Semester)
Gent, Belgium (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: Dutch, English Minimum GPA:: 3.0
Program Description:
  Quick Facts Ghent University
General Ghent University is a highly ranked Dutch-speaking public university. It is one of the larger Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members. Ghent University
Location Ghent, Belgium
Eligibility Minimum 3.0 GPA Ghent, Belgium
Language of Instruction Dutch, with courses offered in English Ghent, Belgium Map
Dates of Instruction Fall: September - January


The Law School is located in the historic center of the city of Ghent, Belgium.  While occupying a number of historic buildings from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, it has modern teaching facilities including well-equipped computer facilities and excellent libraries on domestic, foreign, European and international law.

The University's Law School presently offers professional degrees in law, criminology, and notarial practice as well as postgraduate programs in European law, the Economic analysis of law, business law, environmental law, port and maritime sciences, and criminology. 


Program Dates:

Program offered fall semester only, from late September until January.  It is possible to make arrangements for exchange students to take exams before the end of the semester in order to return to Washington in time for the beginning of spring semester. Please see the Ghent academic calendar for specific dates.

Language of Instruction:

The official language of study is Dutch. However, exchange students can take English-language courses offered by three postgraduate programs, the Master programs on the Economic analysis of law, European criminology and criminal justice systems, and the program on Law in Europe in a comparative perspective. A growing number of courses are taught in English.

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Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the University of Ghent including externships and other clinical offerings is subject to determination by the WCL, Office of the Registrar. WCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled courses conducted in English alongside fellow Ghent and exchange program students.The following is a selection of courses offered in English.  A more complete list is available on the University of Ghent website.

  • International and European Labor and Employment Law
  • European Economic Law
  • Law of the Internal Market
  • Continental Legal History
  • International Environmental Law
  • Principles of Private Law in Europe
  • European Institutions of Criminal Policy
  • European Criminology


For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.

All other questions and concerns should be directed to:

Jamie Welling
Associate Director of Study Abroad
Global Opportunities
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177


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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.